Cutch: Hair today, gone tomorrow; a lock long ago
Might be time for The Cutch to lose the squint. The one through which he seems to have looked at me ever since our first encounter.
On Feb. 3, 2012, Jose Reyes donated his signature dreadlocks to South Florida’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A week later, I hit Pirate City for my first official day of covering the Bucs for MLB.com. Entering the players’ clubhouse, I made a beeline for the team’s top player, introduced myself to Andrew McCutchen and, while shaking hands, posed my first of hundreds of questions to the man:
“How much do you think you could get for your dreadlocks?”
McCutchen quickly let go off my hand, squinted at me as if I had three eyes, and recoiled.
“What? What’re you talking about? Nobody’s getting a hand on these,” he said.
I quickly regrouped, explained the fresh Reyes precedent, but some ground rules had been established: This new guy is going to be weird, and his questions will keep coming off the wall.
So we flash forward to March 25, 2015 .. and there go McCutchen’s signature locks, for the benefit of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and we will soon have an answer to that three-year-old question of how much they will bring.
In addition to a big help for truly deserving kids, the Cutch Cut will also assist reporters, believe it or not.
The famous dreadlocks required a lot of post-game care, particularly if they had taken a pie in recognition of a walk-off hit. The required grooming would keep the media seeking post-game interviews on hold.
Both the hair and the vigil by McCutchen’s locker have become shorter.